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Images of the Week 08.28.11

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Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Bast, Chris Uphues, Cyrcle, Dain, Enzo & Nio, Ja Ja, LMNOP, Shepard Fairey, Skewville, Swampy, and Willow.

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Ja Ja (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dain’s new work in NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dain’s new work in NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Carlos Gonzalez shares with you this huge floral skull from the Cyrcle opening this week in Los Angeles (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Chris Uphues (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. A tribute to the much maligned and misunderstood urban dwellers. We love pigeons here at BSA. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bast Corner Deli (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bast Corner Deli (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bast Corner Deli (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey OBEY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skewville goes green (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swampy giant pink rooftop in Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Willow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Willow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fun Friday 08.26.11

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Here’s your Fun Friday Menu (all entrees come with a slice of pepperoni pizza)

1. New Film Opening About Toynbee Tiles – Ticket Giveaway
2. CYCLE Crew : “We Never Die”
3. Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories
4. That Was FUN! “The Grassy Lot” Opening
5. 8 Hours in Brooklyn – VERY COOL SLO MO, BRO
6. There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute: Re-creating the Cardiff Giant by Ty Marshal
7. Narcelio Grud “Sonic Spray” By Yeah

New Film Opening About Toynbee Tiles – Ticket Giveaway

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“Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles”

Opening in NYC at the IFC Center on Friday 09/02,.the film is about the Toynbee Tiles and an unlikely team that tracks down the mystery’s source for the better part of a decade. It won Best Documentary Directing award at this years’ Sundance Film Festival so it’s got cred.

Win Tickets To Opening Night! First person to send an email to info@argotpictures.com with BSA in the subject line gets a pair of tickets for opening night this film by Jon Foy. Second person will get tickets to any night during the run.

CYCLE Crew : “We Never Die”

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Photo © Carlos Gonzalez

This is about reincarnation, right? Check out Design Matters, which opened a show by CYCLE crew last night to find out.

CYRCLE "We Never Die" by Adolfo J Lara

For more information about this show click on the link below:

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/?p=23806

Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories

Now in it’s 3rd smashing week, this show in Venice has been getting lots of great visitors and conversations, mostly because the participating artists put so much of themselves into this densely layered show.

Names you know, and others you don’t – but you may hear more about in the future, all telling their New York Stories.

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From left to right: Creepy, How & Nosm, White Cocoa and Know Hope. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For more information about this show click on the link below:

http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/?p=22943

That Was FUN! “The Grassy Lot” Opening

Congratulations to Joe Franquinha and Liza and Crest Arts for putting together a very successful community-feeling event on the grassy lot last night. A LOT of people, a LOT of art, a LOT of fun conversations. And it didn’t rain! (Even though Joe was prepared for that too) Thanks to Keith Schweitzer of MaNY and all the artists who participated. Best guest we met? Joe’s mom, who raised her boy right.

Here’s a fun video Keith made:

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Can you spot the big portrait by a street artist that has been featured on BSA in this video?

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute: Re-creating the Cardiff Giant by Ty Marshal

Narcelio Grud “Sonic Spray” By Yeah

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Cyrcle Crew : A Sneak Peek at “We Never Die” Show (LA)

Davey, Devin and Rabi Ponder Life Eternal At Design Matters

Life is a mystery, we all know that. In fact, that may be the only thing we know.

In preparation for their new show “We Never Die” at Design Matters, the art collective Cyrcle Crew is letting you get the essence of their take on life and death and the continuum of experiences. With a little levity and a less than heavy heart, sometimes it’s possible to revisit this stuff we all are affected by.

Photographer and BSA contributor Carlos Gonzalez took a peak to their installation and offers some tantalizing views of the preparations for this unusual show with the CYRCLE crew.

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Cyrcle (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

The reception for this show is open to the public on Thursday from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. The show continues through October 8th, 2011 @ Design Matters – 10590.5 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. You will need to  RSVP .

Please visit the CYRCLE site for more information:

http://www.cyrclebrand.com/

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Chris Stain Talks About Giving Them Hell

It’s always cool to learn about an artist’s process and the story behind his or her work. Street Artist Chris Stain shares with you here where he gained inspiration for his gallery piece called “Give ‘Em Hell”.

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Give ‘Em Hell, by Chris Stain, currently on view at “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories”. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

“When I was a kid growing up in Baltimore we always played baseball and pretended we were Eddie Murray or Rick Dempsey when stepping up to bat. It wasn’t until later that I realized that a baseball bat could be used as an equalizer when the bigger kids thought it was a good idea to kick my ass for the fun of it.

This piece represents for me standing up for yourself and the things you believe in. The boy in the picture was originally photographed by Boogie. The background photos were taken by me during a trip to Baltimore. I hand cut the image out of rubylith and screen printed it onto an old table I used to work on. Then I hand colored it with thinned out spray paint and wood stain.”

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From our interview with Chris for Juxtapoz:

“Born in 1972 and raised in East Baltimore, Chris Stain is a New York-based, self taught stencil artist and print maker influenced by social realism, the plight of working people, and skateboarder culture. His straight-forward portraits in urban or industrial settings harken back to the Depression, when bankers and masters of industry declared war on the blue collar and poor. With blunt realism and everyday protagonists, Stain encourages passersby on the street to draw direct connections between social and economic conditions of then and today.”

Read Chris’s answers to the Back Talk questions on Juxtapoz here:

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BSA at LA MOCA for “Street Art Stories” Presentation and Panel

HuffPost Arts and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) hosted a presentation and panel discussion presented by Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo this past Saturday at the Ahmanson Auditorium with 150 guests. Five days after the closing of the record breaking “Art in the Streets” show at LA MOCA, which was seen by over 200,000 visitors, BSA charted some new ground going forward in the ever evolving graffiti and street art movement.

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Panelists having a lively discussion at “Street Art Stories” hosted by HuffPost Arts and LA MOCA at Ahmanson Auditorium at MOCA Grand in downtown Los Angeles. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

The panelists, who included HuffPost Arts Editor Kimberly Brooks and Street Art phenom Shepard Fairey, watched a presentation by Harrington and Rojo about a new storytelling direction that artists are bringing to the streets of New York and other cities around the world. With examples of relative newcomers not seen by many in the audience, they pointed to precursors from the last 40 years to this storytelling practice and questioned how its sudden growth may be evolving what we have been calling “Street Art” for the last decade.

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Steven P. Harrington talks about community murals and memorial walls to illustrate antecedents to the new movement of storytellers who engage passersby on a greater level than in the recent past.  Shown is a community mural by New York’s Tats Cru shot by and © of Martha Cooper.  (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

After a conversation with panelists Brooks, Fairey, Marsea Goldberg, Ken Harman, and Ethel Seno that covered topics like the paucity of females in the street art scene, the influence of the Internet on “getting up”, and the significance of personal engagement in the work of many of today’s new street artists, Harrington and Rojo opened the discussion up the auditorium. Here topics ranged from LA’s evolving approach to Street Art to include public and permanent art, the influence of money on street artists, and how a show like “Art in the Streets” effectively influences the next generations’ perception of street art.

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BSA’s Steven P. Harrington gestures toward the screen while panelists look on in the front row. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

The packed event was interesting enough to bring many audience members down to the stage after the show to continue the conversation and meet the panelists and LA MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch, who took great interest in the presentation, talked with a number of people before taking off. Fairey, with his wife Amanda at his side and a healing black eye from his recent trip to Copenhagen (see his account for HuffPost Arts here) gamely took on questions from many and posed for pictures after the event and at the reception which HuffPost hosted afterward.

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During the presentation, Brooklyn Street Art talked about the use of Street Art as a way of addressing a variety of social and political issues, including this example of Shepard Fairey and the topic of peace. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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BSA co-founder and Director of Photography Jaime Rojo introduces the panelists. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Brooklyn Street Art Co-founders Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington converse with esteemed panelists at “Street Art Stories”, hosted by HuffPost Arts and LA MOCA.

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Contemporary American Painter and the Founding Arts Editor of the Huffington Post, Kimberly Brooks next to street artist Shepard Fairey at “Street Art Stories” Panel at LA MOCA. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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(photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Shepard Fairey, Marsea Goldberg, Ken Harman, and Ethel Seno. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Marsea Goldberg, Director of New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, who since 1994 has launched or mobilized the careers of artists such as Shepard Fairey, Ed Templeton, Neckface, Faile, the Date Farmers, Judith Supine, and Bäst just to name a few. Next to Ms. Goldberg is Ken Harman, Managing Online Editor at Hi-Fructose Magazine, the owner and curator at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, and the creator and editor of the the “Art of Obama” website. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Ethel Seno, Curatorial Coordinator for the MOCA exhibition “Art in the Streets” at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and the Editor of the book “Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art” published by Taschen. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Shepard Fairey at “Street Art Stories” Panel at LA MOCA. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Street art photographer Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Edward Goldman, LA art critic, Huffpost blogger, and host of KCRW’s “Art Talk” for 20 years, poses a question on the effect of a big museum show like “Art in the Streets” on the new generation of would be street artists. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Seno and Harman (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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The Ahmanson Auditorium for “Street Art Stories” at LA MOCA (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Thank you to Kimberly Brooks and our great panel. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Director of LA MOCA and co-curator of “Art in the Streets”, Jeffrey Deitch, talks with Shepard Fairey after the presentation and panel (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


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SPECIAL THANKS TO:

MONICA ROACHE, JESSICA YOUN, CHRIS RICHMOND, DAVID BRADSHAW, JEFFREY DEITCH, LYN WINTER, PATRICK IACONIS, TANYA PATSAOURUS, TRAVIS KORTE, MELINDA BROCKA, TINA SOIKKELI, EUTH, ANDREW
HOSNER, CARLOS GONZALEZ, KIMBERLY BROOKS, MARSEA GOLDBERG, KEN HARMAN,SHEPARD FAIREY, ETHEL SENO, THE MOCA MUSEUM STAFF AND SECURITY,

THE HUFFINGTON POST, THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES (MOCA), BROOKLYNSTREETART.COM, HI-FRUCTOSE, JUXTAPOZ,

IMAGES IN PRESENTATION BY JAIME ROJO WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY MARTHA COOPER, REVS PHOTO BY BECKI FULLER, and FAUXREEL PHOTOS BY DAN BERGERON

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Opening Shots from “Street Art Saved My Life” in Los Angeles

Images from the Show

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The show in Los Angeles last weekend was a lot of fun, with 500 people flowing through C.A.V.E. Gallery to see studio work by some of the artists on the streets of NYC. What impressed us the most was the number of conversations we saw taking place with two or three friends gathered around a piece and discussing it and really taking it in. Marsea Goldberg, owner of New Image Gallery told us, “This is Los Angeles, we take art seriously”, and judging by the enthusiasm and knowledgeable people we met at the opening, in the back patio, and on the street, many Angelinos are interested in street art from the east coast. After comments about the dense and layered quality of the show, the next most popular topic was, “When are you going to do an LA street art show in New York?”  After we catch our breath. Thank you LA, and thank you all the artists who came out to make work on the walls.

Thank you also to photographer Carlos Gonzalez for shooting all the pieces in the show, which follows after this collage of opening night shots by Andrew Hosner from ThinkSpace, who was our partner with C.A.V.E. to make this show happen.

See a couple of links at the end of this posting for more pictures of the opening from Andrew Hosner and Karin Freda.

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Adam Void (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Anthony Lister  (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Broken Crow (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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C215 (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cake (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Chris Stain (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Clown Soldier (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Creepy (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Dan Witz (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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EMA (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Faile (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Futura (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Gaia (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Gilf! (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Hargo (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Hellbent (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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How and Nosm (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Imminent Disaster (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Indigo (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Kid Acne (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Know Hope (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Ludo (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Mark Carvalho (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Miss Bugs (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Nick Walker (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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NohJColey (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Other (AKA Troy Lovegates) (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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OverUnder (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Radical! (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Rene Gagnon (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Skewville (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Specter (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Sweet Toof (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Swoon (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Tiptoe (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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White Cocoa (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

If you want to see pics of opening night on Andrew Hosner’s Facebook Page please go here:

To see Karin Freda’s Flickr page of photos from the show please go here :http://www.flickr.com/photos/karinfreda/sets/72157627427952010/

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Creepy In Process on a Wall in LA

Australian Street Artist in Los Angeles for “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” is working on a few walls in LA curated by BSA.  Here are some process shots of a wall in Venice from Carlos Gonzalez and the artist himself.

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Creepy sketches out the beginning of a new piece (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Creepy at the top of the ramp (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Creepy adds a lot of color and texture (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Creepy (photo © a passerby unknown)

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Creepy shoots his own piece (photo © Creepy)

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Seems like there is an extra “e” in there, doesn’t it? (photo © Creepy)

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed in LA; Roaring NEW VIDEO & Pics

LA based Street Artists Septerhed and Destroy All Design like to work together on collaborative pieces around the city and recently completed this wall together, their two styles working in tandem. But what is more exciting is this video, actually.

Remember the early association of hip-hop music with graffiti in New York? This new video shot and edited by Carlos Gonzalez careens in the opposite direction – break dancing and hip bumping is replaced with fitful rage and fist pumping, with all the charm of a ransom note.

Under the watchful eye of a bow-tied statue and with the dramatically foreboding rumble and screech of guitars, the roadside video is tinged with putrid nighttime light and thrashing power chords sawing through the hurried splatter of wheat paste and brush. This is a take-no-prisoners approach to the warped wall while glaring traffic flies by; greedy handfuls of gothic glob is grabbed from the gutbucket and slammed across the surface, the swelling cacophony starting to take shape.

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Also fun is the way the wheat paste is not merely an adhesive, but a medium for texture and expression. By the time the final shot of the piece stands still and guttural roar of our narrator invokes the image of “raining blood”, I needed to wash my hands. But for all the mechanized punch up and ferocity of blurry faced installing, the designed crispness of the material and subject matter tells you these monsters might live in an arcade or a basement rec room with a big screen, Dorito stained fingers, and a warm two liter soda bottle nearby within arms reach.

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Destroy all Design and Septerhed (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Images of the Week 06.26.11

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Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Anthony Sneed, El Mac, Elle, Goata, Joshua John, JR, Katsu, Leba, Obey, R. Robots, Retna, REVS, Reskew ACC.

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“The piece is called “Moon Mask” and it’s ink and acrylic on paper. The concept of the piece is based on the idea of revealing one’s true self and letting go of masks that blind us” Joshua John

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Joshua John. Imminent Disaster old piece serves as a background for this beautifully rendered and hand painted wheat paste (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Joshua John. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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French artist and Ted Prize winner JR on the Houston Street wall.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Obey…interrupted. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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R. Robots (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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R.Robots (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Leba at the Fringe Show in LA (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Leba at the Fringe Show in LA (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Elle and Goata (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Revs…here today… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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…gone tomorrow:-(  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Retna and El Mac in LA  (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Retna and El Mac in LA  (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Unknow. Reskew ACC (Thank you Luna Park)  Tag painted on wood and then screwed into the wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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After a bit of power washing, this wall was cleared of any remnants of Nick Walker, Lister, and Goons to make way for the abstract minimalism of Anthony Sneed (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Photo © Jaime Rojo (No worries. These two baby birds didn’t end up on the dinner table of a rat. A kind New Yorker scooped them up to nurture them at her home until they learn how to fly)

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Images of the Week 06.19.11

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A certain surreality is slipping through the sunbaked streets as we cross the summer threshold.  The mashup aesthetic of course has been going since the early days of Bast (or before), but now that visual moorings are loosed, all manner of recombinant strains of references and their assigned meanings are also aflight. Not all of these are examples of this movement, but many appear influenced by it. As usual, Street Art is as much a reflection of the society as it is a participant in its directional moves.

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Banksy, Clown Soldier, CV, Cyrcle, Delicious Brains, Gaia, Hellbent, Hugh Leeman, ILL, Imminent Disaster, Jolie Soutine, KAWS, Mosstika, QRST and ROA with photographs by Jaime Rojo, Carlos Gonzales, and Birdman.

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Mosstika has a new installation in the park in Dumbo, recalling the da-daist Brooklyn performance artist Gene Pool and his grass suits.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mosstika. We have heard that the name of the piece is “Yeti” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Imminent Disaster appears again on the street with this medallion of paper cutout and illustration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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It looks like Clown Soldier now guards the only Banksy in Chicago. An unknown artist stenciled the image of the woman laying down on the “steps”, themselves a shadow of previous construction.  (photo © Clown Soldier)

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Delicious Brains “Last Supper” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JR’s global project “Inside Out” on the gates of the Green Hill Food Co-Op, where a huge neighborhood community reception was held Friday night to celebrate the new installations here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A casualty of lust on the streets. An unknown artist wheat-pasted the portrait of Brooklyn/Queens congressman Anthony Weiner, an outspoken powerhouse who advocated for populist causes during his 20 years of public service and who resigned his post this week amidst a Sexting scandal. Now the only question for Weiner is what’s up?  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CV. World hunger never went away. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cyrcle “Overthrone!” in Los Angeles (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle “Overthrone!” In Los Angeles (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ROA in Los Angeles as part of LA Freewalls project (photo © Birdman)

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To the left there is a new “Splasher” in town. To the right the “sorry” wheat paste is a faux street art installation for a movie shoot about love and youth. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hugh Leeman “Indian Joe” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Hugh Leeman at his studio (photo © courtesy of the artist)

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Hugh Leeman. “Sam” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jolie Soutine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This new QRST piece in Manhattan is an inscribed funeral dirge mourning the “disneyfication” of a once vibrant and envelop-pushing arts culture that made way for new artists in the city, with the visage of the current mayor worn as a mask by a plump and relaxed rat.  We can only assume it is a reference to Manhattan, because a creative Babylon is going full force in some parts of Brooklyn as we speak.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A sticker intervention by an unknown artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kaws reacts to the cost of bottle service in the Meat Market while sitting below the lush, landscaped, and recently extended Highline. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kaws (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. The sky on fire as the sun sets on Manhattan Friday night. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 06.12.11

Images of the Week 06.12.11

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Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 130, BAST, Dark Clouds, David Flores, Enzo & Nio, Mare 139, Skewville, Twenty, and Veng.

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And this week Skewville was picked as a clue for the “Great Urban Race” a marathon-cum-treasure-hunt dress up in a costume and jog through New York event. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Last-Exit-to-Brooklyn-BSA-Presents-Graphic-smallerSpeaking of Skewville, if you are in Brooklyn next weekend for Northside Open Studios and the Crest Fest 2011 and the Northside Music Festival be sure to see the brand new giant 100 foot Skewville wall unveiling in Williamsburg and come to the afterparty thrown by NOS, Crest and BSA in Greepoint. We’ll be sending out a big announcement about all the street artists involved this year (including some surprises) – so get on our newsletter and we’ll be sure to send you an invite. Great Street Art in Brooklyn!

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Skewville and Bast from a slightly different angle. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Looks like Bast tried his hand with the fire extinguisher (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Well known graffiti artist Mare 139 created this sculpture for El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 at El Museo del Barrio. This window installation is right across the street from MOMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mare 139 entry for El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files 2011 at El Museo del Barrio. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dark Clouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David Flores work in progress in Los Angeles. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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David Flores in LA just completed this piece paying homage to a rebel. With good cause. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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130 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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AM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This sticker reminds us of Kara Walker work. We are not sure if the MEMO tag was an original part of the work (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Enzo & Nio continue with their series of Girls and Guns (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pardon me, I seem to have something stuck in my eye. Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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An unknown artist tried to fend the mini heat wave this week by process of  sublimation (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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An angry Mr. Potato head type. Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A teaming mass of people during the one-day sale at Macy’s? Constituents at Representative Anthony Weiner’s office getting ready to give him a piece of their minds about his Sexting? The crowd getting off the roller coaster at Coney Island? This unknown street artist hand draws dozens of faces on steno pads and then wheat paste them together on walls.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Street Artist 2wenty in Los Angeles at night thanks to Carlos Gonzales. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Hey, why the long face? Veng of RWK continues to work on the Vandevoort Place wall in Bushwick. More photos of the work still in progress below (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Veng and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Veng RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Photo © Jaime Rojo

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Cyrcle + Muska at The Barracuda Wall “Post No Bills”

The famed Barracuda Wall plays host to the Street Art conversation in LA once again with this ironic installation from Cyrcle and Muska, captured here by photographer Carlos Gonzales. Post No Bills, for readers who live outside of Metropolis, is a standard warning that appears on the walls of construction sites to discourage outdoor advertisers from plastering their entreaties for you to purchase deodorant, electronic devices, hair straightening goo, and cruises to Killarney. elmhurst_post_no_bills

(image © Fading Ad Blog http://www.fadingad.com/)

Naturally, poster companies routinely ignore the admonition and plaster thousands of ads every year upon them despite the warnings and usually with indemnity.

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Sandwiched between the ads you’ll find the Street Artist, whose voice jumps out from the commercial cacophony and this installation is a commentary on the claim commercial entities have on public space, while the tiny public voice is often squeezed out.  While some real estate developers have actually hired Street Artists and others in recent years to adorn their construction sites with their work, the majority of these lots simply are a toggled message of “Post No Bills” one day and hoochie mamas in thongs shilling energy drinks the next.

In this installation Street Artists  Cyrcle and Muska playfully draw attention to these signs and cast them as fine art installation, a deliberate postmodern repetitive rhythmic visual chant for pedestrians and drivers in the city to enjoy.

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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For those who need to have their street art labelled, Muska and Cyrcle helpfully provide this placard.  (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

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Cyrcle + Chad Muska (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

Carlos Gonzalez is a LA based photographer and contributes regularly on Street Art topics to BSA. Click on the link below to see more of his work:

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